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5 Of The Best Lightweight Foundations To See You Through Summer

A well-formulated, lightweight foundation should even out your skin tone, conceal without masking, and add natural-looking radiance – all while feeling feather-light on your skin. MALENA HARBERS shares the best breathable, buildable formulas that are up to the task


Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops

Offering a dewy finish and ultra-breathable texture, this tint-foundation hybrid delivers the kind of results that makeup pro Gucci Westman is known for: truly healthy, natural-looking skin with just the right amount of polish. The formula is also packed with a whole host of skincare ingredients (including an anti-pollution and blue-light complex) to hydrate, calm redness and minimize pores. Press it over skin with your fingers or buff it in with a brush for a sheer wash of glow-giving pigment.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

Technically, this formula from Charlotte Tilbury is not a foundation, but it is an excellent option for those days when your skin needs less work and looks well rested. It subtly evens out imperfections, reduces redness and adds a beautiful glow; use the doe-foot applicator to apply, then blend it in with fingers.

La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation

This seriously silky foundation feels like an extension of La Mer’s incredible range of skincare. Its watery consistency may lead you to believe it lacks coverage, but it perfectly evens out mild discoloration and will also cover a breakout or two. The real magic, however, lies in its skincare-like formula: it contains the famous La Mer Miracle Broth, which really delivers in the hydration stakes and allows skin to glow without appearing greasy. A must-try.

Hourglass Veil Hydrating Skin Tint Foundation

What’s most noteworthy about this Hourglass foundation is that it feels like a second skin. In fact, the sheer dewy coverage it offers blurs the line between tinted moisturizer and foundation – you can use your fingers to apply this melt-in formula and massage it into skin as you would with your normal moisturizer. Infused with hyaluronic acid, plant-based squalene and fatty acids to attract moisture to the skin and keep it there, it is especially ideal for the onset of summer, when the drying effects of more sun and hotter temperatures results in even more dehydrated skin.

Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

If you have oily to combination skin and like a little bit more coverage, this foundation from Tom Ford Beauty is for you. It delivers a medium to full finish – depending on how you build it ­– but is still ideal for summer, as it feels extraordinarily lightweight on skin. Even better? Its instant blurring effect (the result of special ‘blurring microsphere powders’), which really masks the look of fine lines, visible pores and pigmentation. This is the perfect base for a casual, ‘no-makeup makeup’ look in the city – or by the coast, too, since it delivers a shine-free finish that’s water-, sweat- and humidity-proof.


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